Going vegan: Week one

I’ve been vegetarian for around 12-13 years, since I bought a Goldfinger album which contained some brutal information about slaughterhouses in the sleeve, and heard their songs with animal rights messages like Open Your Eyes and Behind The Mask. I declared to my parents as I returned home from that same shopping trip, having read the album booklet on the way back, that I was now vegetarian. (They were fine with it, except my dad was understandably mildly irritated that he had just been to Sainsbury’s and now had to go back out so I had food to eat!)

For years I’ve been a very happy and content vegetarian. I haven’t missed meat at all; in fact, I barely liked it anyway (I practically only ate chicken) and so it was an unusually easy transition for me. Throughout my vegetarian years I’ve found it easy to be quite strict, eschewing fish, gelatine and non-vegetarian parmesan. But I always held off from taking the next step to veganism, thinking about how much I love cheese and chocolate snacks like Minstrels and Maltesers.

Suddenly, though, practically out of nowhere, I’ve been filled with a new resolve. It partially came from watching Cowspiracy and What The Health last week, the former helping to remind me of the environmental impacts of dairy as part of the wider animal agriculture industry. I felt that not eating meat or dairy is the simplest thing I could do to help the environment. Plus I’ve always been aware in the back of my mind that dairy farming is just as cruel and often inhumane as farming for meat, but now I feel less inclined to ignore it. Continue reading

Frenchie Covent Garden: vegetarian food review

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The carrot dish

A new restaurant opened in February in Henrietta Street, just off Covent Garden Piazza. The man behind  a popular Parisian restaurant and wine bar has brought his spectacular French cuisine to London, and the city’s food scene must be better for it.

Although the restaurant does not yet have a full website, we called ahead to check there were vegetarian options and were assured there were. However, upon arrival I was concerned to see there was maybe one veggie friendly small plate and one big plate on the menu.

However, upon asking one of the loveliest waiters I have ever known, he insisted that they could pretty much prepare anything and come up with a whole host of vegetarian concoctions. Just tell him what vegetables I don’t like and he’ll check with the chef and make me a surprise, he said.

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Why I’m a Shoreditch Cereal Killer Cafe convert

2015-11-28 19.52.44Hear the words Shoreditch and cereal cafe and my instant reaction was always ‘hipster nonsense’.

But I’m here to say I take it back. While plenty of stuff in Shoreditch is ridiculous that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or that it should all be dismissed in one fell swoop.

I decided this on Saturday night during a spontaneous visit to the Cereal Killer Cafe in Brick Lane. It was off to a good start since I’m a big fan of a good pun – especially one that’s followed up with cereal art of Hannibal Lecter here – and it seemed like the perfect novelty thing to do on a rare trip to east London.

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